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Do theodicies explain why God allows evil in the world? Show more Show less

A theodicy is a story that attempts to demonstrate that the presence of evil in the world does not disprove the existence of a perfectly good, almighty, and all-knowing God. Theodicies and defences are two forms of response to this conundrum. Evil can be classified into natural evil such as disease and physical catastrophes or moral evil, which can be summed up as "man's inhumanity to man."

Yes, evil occurs as the absence of good and God is testing us. Show more Show less

Evil is simply the absence of good that exists so that God can test us.
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God didn’t create evil but we need evil to see God’s love

If we never experienced evil, we would not comprehend goodness. We experience the ultimate goodness through God’s love-but we must experience evil to value it. If we lived in a perfect world, we would not appreciate God's love. Though God did not create evil, he uses it to show Himself to the world.
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Context

The Argument

Evil is the absence of goodness in the same way darkness is the absence of light.[1]

Counter arguments

God could allow enough evil for us to see his love, without allowing all of the evils that currently exist in the world. There is a big difference between allowing evil in the form of rude and offensive acts and speech, and allowing the genocide of races, childhood cancer, and paedophilia.

Framing

Premises

[P1] We can only perceive something if we have perceived the absence of something. [P2] Therefore, we can only perceive God's love if we can perceive an absence of love. [P3] This absence of God's love is our perception of evil.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] If God was all-good, God would have ordained enough evil for us to perceive his love without unleashing all the evils on humankind.

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Further Reading

References

  1. https://www.gotquestions.org/theodicy.html

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